A pictorial history of Texas, from the earliest visits of European adventurers, to A.D. 1879. Embracing the periods of missions, colonization, the revolution the republic, and the state; also, a topographical description of the country ... together with its Indian tribes and their wars, and biographical sketches of hundreds of its leading historical characters. Also, a list of the countries, with historical and topical notes, and descriptions of the public institutions of the state. Page: 24 of 859
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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
belonging to New Spain. In those old maps, the different
provinces of New Spain are marked as follows: The
east line of New MIexico reaches to the Pecos River, including
part of the present counties of Tom Green and
Crockett. The Medina river is marked as the east line
of Coahuila, though a narrow strip attached to Texas extended
to the mouth of the Rio Grande. In these old
maps the Calcasieu is put down as the boundary near the
coast, andI the Hondo, a tributary of Red River, near
INatchitoches, as the line between the possessions of the
French and Spanish crowns.*
The ownership of Texas had not been fully settled,
when, in 1803, France sold Louisiana to the United
States. The latter government wanted both Texas and
Florida, neither of which Spain was willing to surrender.
Finally, in 1819, February 22, an agreement was entered
into between John Quincy Adams, on the part of the
United States, and De Onis, on the part of Mexico, by
which Spain transferred Florida to the United States, and
the latter gave up her claim to Texas. At the period of
the Texas revolution the northern boundary was still undefined;
several large settlements on the south side of
Red river were claimed both by Arkansas and Texas.
In a final adjustment in 1849, in which C. W. Smyth represented
Texas, and J. W. Overton the United States,
the most of this disputed territory, including portions of
Bowie and Red River counties, were conceded to Texas.
At the period of annexation the boundaries of the re*By
a royal charter, dated Sept. 14, 1712, Louis XIV granted the whole
of Louisiana to Anthony Crozat. Mr. Yoakum arnd other historians have
asserted th:at this grant included all the country to the Rio Grande; whereas
the langrage of the charter included only the country watered by the
AMississippi and its tributaries.
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Thrall, Homer S. A pictorial history of Texas, from the earliest visits of European adventurers, to A.D. 1879. Embracing the periods of missions, colonization, the revolution the republic, and the state; also, a topographical description of the country ... together with its Indian tribes and their wars, and biographical sketches of hundreds of its leading historical characters. Also, a list of the countries, with historical and topical notes, and descriptions of the public institutions of the state., book, 1879; St. Louis, Mo.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5828/m1/24/: accessed January 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .